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Top: Street sex worker arrested in 1970s in NYC
Bottom: Madam Sydney Biddle Barrons celebrates her slap on the wrist for a prostitution conviction. Barrons ran a high-end escort service in the 1970s till the early 1980s. (source)
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The 1970s, a decade overshadowed by financial crisis in New York City, saw the advent of a citywide squatters’ movement in response to the growing problem of housing abandonment.
In the summer of 1970, low-income families began to move into vacant buildings owned by Columbia University in Morningside Heights, and Operation Move-In was soon underway across the city … [concluding] the year with the “People’s Court Housing Crimes Trial”: an eight hour mock trial in which tenants, squatters and sympathetic city administrators testified about the struggles faced by the city’s low-income residents. (source)
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Leonard Bobbe, 1976. Protester at Democratic National Convention mocks the pardon of former President Richard Nixon by President Gerald Ford.
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Anti-abortion protester at the 1976 Democratic National Convention in NYC, by Leland Bobbe. (source)
ETA: Former AL governor George Wallace was a segregationist Democrat candidate who dropped out of the race early in the 1976 campaign, paving the way for the nomination of presidential winner Jimmy Carter.
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Paul McDonough, “Old Woman, Blind Man, and Hare Krishna,” 1972
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Top: Construction on Lower Manhattan’s West Side, just north of the World Trade Center, May 1973
Bottom: One of several highrise apartments whose construction was stopped by city ordinance to preserve Breezy Point Peninsula in Queens, New York, for public recreational use, May 1973.
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